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Michael Jackson Is This Year’s Highest-Paid Dead Musician

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Michael JacksonAccording to forbes Michael Jackson is no longer the top-earning dead celebrity–last week he ceded that title to Liz Taylor–but with $145 million to his name Jackson’s still the world’s best-paid musician, living or dead.

MORE:Michael Jackson may not be the top-earning dead celebrity anymore–last week he ceded that title to his friend, Liz Taylor, but he’s still the world’s best-paid musician, living or dead. The King of Pop pulled in $145 million in 2012, the third straight year of nine-figure earnings for the “Thriller” mastermind.

Jackson isn’t the only musician raking it in from beyond the grave. In honor of Halloween, we present this year’s list of the top-earning dead musicians:six singers ,songwriters and composers who earned more than $5 million from October 2011 to October 2012 despite no longer walking the Earth. They account for nearly half the names on our overall dead celebs list, thanks to continued demand for their music, image, name and likeness.

Jackson’s $145 million total would be even higher if FORBES hadn’t credited the advance for the Cirque show to last year’s $170 million total. Expect the bonanza to continue in 2013 as the tour goes to other parts of the world, where Jackson enjoys arguably even greater popularity that he does in the United States.

Elvis Presley ranks second on this year’s list with $55 million (matching the earnings of Justin Bieber). The King of Rock n’ Roll’s earnings are flat this year—the closure of his Viva Elvis show in Las Vegas was offset by an uptick in Graceland attendance due to 2012′s unusually warm weather. The estate’s value was clear to billionaire Leon Black, whose Apollo Global Management purchased CKX, the parent company of American Idol and the estates of both Elvis and Muhammad Ali, for $509 million last year.

Bob Marley claims the third spot on the list with $17 million–more than living herbal enthusiasts like Wiz Khalifa or Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as Snopp Dogg). Not necessarily known for commercial ventures during life, Marley has become a diversified businessman from beyond the grave. In addition to selling over 75 million albums in the past 20 years, he’s recently added the Marley Beverage company (home to the “relaxation drink” known as Marley’s Mellow Mood) and House of Marley (producer of eco-friendly audio and lifestyle products) to his portfolio.

 

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Michael Jackson Is This Year’s Highest-Paid Dead Musician

The rest of the list is rounded out by Beatles–John Lennon and George Harrison continue to share in the group’s spoils (over 63 million albums sold in the U.S. alone since 1992)–along with composer Richard Rodgers. Though the latter’s Rodgers and Hammerstein body of work sold for a reported $200 million back in 2009, his estate continues to benefit from his solo works and collaborations with Lorenz Hart, including songs like “Blue Moon” and “This Can’t Be Love.”

There were a few big names who didn’t make the Top 13, perhaps most prominently Whitney Houston. Though the singer signed a $100 million record deal in 2001, she still hasn’t earned back the $30-$40 million advance she received as part of the deal, and didn’t leave behind much in the way of unreleased material (for more, see the story “Why Whitney Houston Didn’t Make Forbes’ List Of Top Earning Dead Celebs”).

Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul and Tupac Shakur all pulled in more than $3 million, but not enough to make our list. Watch out for Shakur next year–his holographic appearance at Coachella in early 2011 could be a sign of big things to come.

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Tom Cruise Attends Wimbledon Finals with Mission: Impossible Costars

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Tom Cruise attended the Wimbledon women’s singles finals on Saturday alongside Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff.

There the trio watched as Australian Ashleigh Barty faced off against the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova, with Barty ultimately Winning the match

The official Twitter account for the tennis championship also shared a pair of fun videos in honour of Cruise, who wore a sharp blue suit for the outing.

A set down, it isn’t mission impossible from here to win for Karolina Pliskova,” they joked alongside one video that showed the group enjoying the big match.

Meanwhile, another video showed Cruise waving to the crowds.” Take a bow, @TomCruise,” they captioned the clip.

Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise attend Wimbledon Championships Tennis Tournament at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2021 in London, England.
The outing came a month after production was briefly suspended due to a positive COVID-19 test on set.
“We have temporarily halted production on Mission: Impossible 7 until June 14th, due to positive coronavirus test results during routine testing,” a studio spokesperson told Entertainment Weekly, in a statement at the time. “We are following all safety protocols and will continue to monitor the situation.”

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“There’s been a spectre of death around my life : Veteran Actor RMD.

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“None of my parents lived to be 60, so life for me is just about to get started.”

“There’s been a spectre of death around my life, that’s what I’ve been dealing with last year till this year. When I turned 59, it was a big deal for me, a big deal for me! My mom died at 59, my father died at 57/58.”

“So, it was like, can I break it? When people see me and I go on a weight loss, people think that… you know, it’s health. Both my parents were diabetic and hypertensive, I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to be diabetic and hypertensive, I want to be healthier. At least give me a fighting chance to change that whole cycle. Yes, I’m a Christian now, so I’ve broken that yoke but I have to also help myself.”

“Becoming 60 for me is even a bigger deal, so when July comes and I become 60. You know how the Bible says old things have passed away, I will truly become a new man because that is when I’ll make a bucket list. So all these things that you think I’ve achieved or done, for me it’s nothing, like zero.”

“So I’m going to now sit down when I’m 60 and do a bucket list … and then we’ll start.”

Credit: @chudeity

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UAR is a joke i will return when the name ‘goes back’ to Nigeria: Tekno

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Nigerian singer, Tekno has announced his now based in the United States.

According to ‘Tekno, he left Nigeria because the country’s name was “changed” to UAR. He said he would only return when the name ‘goes back to Nigeria.

The tag UAR is a joke that started after the House of Representatives received a proposal from a tax consultant to change Nigeria’s name to UAR which suggests Uthe united African Republic or Uthe united Alkebulan Republic.

 

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